Depression & Low Mood in Children: Symptoms & Support in York, Manchester & online
What is Depression & Low Mood?
Experiencing different emotions is a normal part of life, and something children and young people gradually learn to deal with as they grow up. There will be period of times, or situations which can cause your child or teenager to feel low, as they react to the event.
This should go away as time passes and they move on from the event that caused it.
However, if this low mood continues in a young person for a sustained period of time, it may begin to overwhelm them and impact their daily life. In time, this can turn into depression.
Symptoms of Depression & Low Mood
As a parent of carer, it can be worrying to see your child or teenager experiencing emotions such as sadness or unhappiness. It is helpful to know the difference between low mood and depression, so you can recognise the symptoms and provide them with the support they need.
Symptoms of Low Mood in your child:
Not being themselves
These emotions should fade as they resolve the issue that has been causing their mood.
Symptoms of Depression in your child:
When these feelings persist, you may notice your child:
Withdrawing from social situations
Feeling empty or numb
Sleeping more or less
Eating more or less
No longer taking an interest in activities they used to enjoy
It is important to remember that every child is different, and these symptoms can vary from child to child. But keep an eye on the signs so you can seek professional help if you believe it is needed, especially if you are worried about your child or young person self-harming.
How to deal with Depression & Low Mood
The first thing to do is start a conversation with your child or teenager in a non-judgemental and pressure-free way. Don’t ask lots of questions or try to pry, it’s important to reassure them that you are there for them.
Sit together and think about what they enjoy doing and encourage them to do things which supports their wellbeing – such as establishing a routine, exercising, and eating balanced, healthy meals.
When to get help for Depression & Low Mood
If you have noticed that your child or teenager’s mood and mental health is not improving, and the steps you have taken are not working, it is important to turn to a professional for support.
This is because sometimes specialist help is required to help make a difference and provide your child or teenager with the professional support they need to get better.
A specific diagnosis can help understand the problem and allow for the right steps to be put in pace to help overcome their depression, such as a certain style of therapy like talking therapy.
We understand seeking therapy can be daunting for both you and your child and that taking the first step can be hard. We have a team of professional and friendly child therapists who can work together with you and your child to design a bespoke and flexible treatment which works best for them. Our children’s therapy services are available for children and teenagers aged 5 to 17, at our clinics in York, Manchester and online.
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